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In Snow Leopard, Option-click the Bluetooth icon in the menu bar to view a few additional items in the Bluetooth menu. Specifically, it enables you to open three utility applications: Bluetooth Explorer, Bluetooth Diagnostic Utility, and PacketLogger. These are likely of interest primarily to experts, but if you're having troubles with Bluetooth, the Bluetooth Diagnostic Utility in particular may be useful. (These tools are available only if you've installed Apple's Developer Tools.)

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In regard to Mark Anbinder's article "Watch Out, QuickTime" in TidBITS-139, Robert Wilson offers this clarification.

I had an opportunity to check out the IBM Multimedia solutions a few weeks ago. It was impressive and it looks like IBM is sinking a good amount of resources into this technology.

In the recent TidBITS article you mentioned these machines could do full-screen, 30 frames per second video, but failed to mention that these machines use a Micro Channel adapter card, ActionMedia II, developed by Intel and IBM, which does the real-time decompression from the hard disk. This dedicated hardware does most of the work, not the 386 SLC chip.

The ActionMedia II display adapter with an educational discount is $1,197. The ActionMedia II capture adapter with an educational discount runs an additional $570. So the hardware isn't all that cheap, and I'm sure QuickTime works much better with a card that can decompress in hardware.

[And in fact, to judge from some other email we received, SuperMac and other companies have such hardware for QuickTime coming soon (most notably the $6,000 Digital Film due from SuperMac at the end of the year), along with some cool new software as well. -Adam]

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